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Excitement and disappointment

These past couple of weeks have been sheer craziness! I have been training new hires at my day job since the beginning of June, so I have been traveling non-stop. I finally was able to take a week vacation, which wasn’t really a vacation. I got text messages and phone calls from people all week – not very relaxing! I also spent a lot of time with my sister in law, shopping and making things for my sister’s shower. 

I took off on the 23rd so that I could get some furniture delivered and it just so happened to be craft day on HSN. I have been thinking about getting the Explore for awhile now and I knew it would be on sale that day. I ended up buying the Anna Griffin bundle, which was on sale for less than what I have seen it in stores for. I think it comes with two cartridges, some vinyl and paper, a mat and two months of free images on Design Space. 

I was all excited the other day when I got the email from HSN that it was shipping. I was even more excited when I got the tracking email that said it should be here some time this week. 

And then I went to turn on my computer yesterday. It was dead. Well, not dead, but I got what some call the “gray screen of death”. I was devastated. This happened to my last iMac. These things aren’t cheap. I got them from my hard earned points at work and wanted them to last more than two years. 

The reason that I am so upset about the iMac “dying” is because you need the new Explore to be hooked up to a computer to work. My plan was to bring the computer downstairs and put it on my new desk and then to have the Explore down there. But, apparently it had other plans. 

I found this out on Sunday when I came home from the shower and tried to upload the pictures from the shower. I freaked out and immediately googled “gray screen on iMac” to look for solutions. Nothing worked. I stopped and then tried again today.

After trying ALMOST everything, I found one solution that sounded like it was going to work. I turned the computer off and then back on and before the chimes, I held down the Option button. It brought me to a screen that asked me to connect to my wireless router and then after trying that twice, it actually worked! (There was a gray bar underneath that would only get about halfway done before a spinning gray wheel would pop up and nothing would happen). 

I was back to being super excited again. Hopefully my Explore will be here by the end of this week and I can start creating some things with it!

I have uploaded the video on the shower decor I made – I’ll write a post on that as well with the link if you guys want to check it out!

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Exciting News!

Today, I had my first ever bridal invitation consultation! I was so nervous because I didn’t know the bride (I know her daughter though) and it’s always nerve wracking to show someone your work. Plus, this is only the second set of invitations I’ve ever done. 

I was having the hardest time coming up with a design that I liked. I was playing around with fonts and layouts on the computer, but nothing was looking the way I wanted it to. The bride was anxious to see what I had created and we decided to meet today. Well, until lunchtime, I didn’t really have much to show her. 

True to form, like in other aspects of my life, I work best under pressure! I came up with a design that I loved and as it turns out, so did the bride! Which thrilled me because if she didn’t, it was back to the drawing board for me. And after going through my supplies and playing with fonts and margins on the computer, I wasn’t sure that I could come up with something better. 

Part of the problem was that I was trying to do a lot of the invitation on the computer, but that’s not where my strengths lie. I enjoy creating things on my Cricut or with stamps and stencils. Once I decided to incorporate the Cricut with the computer, I came up with the perfect design!

So, now I am off to work on the invitations. I have cut out all 25 bases and now have to print out the actual invitation. I will post pictures after the bride tells me all the invitations went out. I also have lots of baby shower things to work on, along with a Thank You card, Welcome Baby Boy card and my goddaughter’s birthday present (which I haven’t started yet). AHHHHH. Lots to do so I’m off to get it done!

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Two posts in one day??

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First I neglect my blog now I can’t stop writing? What’s the deal? Well, I decided that I had some down time while I was in a creative block and I thought writing might help. I did my Sketch Sunday video, edited it and uploaded it to YouTube. And that’s the reason for this post.

I was going through my supplies earlier today because I wanted to use something that I haven’t used in awhile. I found some Hero Arts Neon inks that I just HAD to have. It’s not that I didn’t use them because I did. But, unlike my distress inks, which I seem to use for every project, I haven’t used these in awhile. 

I also saw the pack of kraft card stock that has been sitting in my cube underneath my tv for awhile, unused. I had never tried neon inks on kraft (or at least if I did I don’t remember). I thought that I would give that a try. I only ended up using one color on the kraft card stock for this project. (On a practice piece, I used all four neon inks that I have). I love the results because it’s not as neon as if you used them on white, but it’s still pretty vibrant. 

Here’s the video of how I made the card and the sketch I used to make it. Click here for the Sketch Sunday video

What did you think? 

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My latest trip to Michael’s

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Hi everyone! I know, I know. It seems like the only time I post to this is when I have videos. It’s been a crazy summer. I have been traveling for work every week, training new people. And let me tell you, watching someone work and telling them what they did wrong is exhausting! Who knew standing around could be so much work?? (BTW that was totally serious. I can’t believe how tired I am after each day!)

So, that leaves me with very little time to create, but when I am away, there’s always a Michael’s or AC Moore (sometimes both!) near by. I can always shop. And so I have!! This time it was actually a local Michael’s and I went after I finished working for the day. It was in the same shopping center, so how could I say no??? Plus I was in Wal-Mart ALL day and I needed to interact with some intelligent people. (sorry not sorry. I HATE Wal-Mart!!)

Here’s the link to the haul:

Michael’s Haul Video

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